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Teenage rapist from Wrexham put on sex register for life

Published date: 07 April 2014 |
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A 19-YEAR-OLD from Wrexham has been ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for life.

Dewi John Davies was sentenced to six years in youth custody for having sex with a schoolgirl much younger than him.

A court heard the girl was a willing participant but because of her tenders years she was unable in law to consent to what went on.

Dewi John Davies, who was 18 at the time, admitted three charges of rape – two incidents of intercourse and one of oral sex.

Judge Philip Hughes also made a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) under which Davies, of Maes Meillion in Minera, must never approach the victim again or be alone with girls under 16.

Mold Crown Court heard the girl felt used by Davies whose actions had left her contemplating suicide.

While he used contraception, she went under his suggestion to get the morning after pill and she told the chemist she was aged 15 when she was much younger.

The judge said he had to be sentenced for three offences of rape back in 2012 when he met the girl and started to communicate with her on Facebook.

The judge told him: “Your conversations with her on Facebook were openly and increasingly sexual.”

The judge said he took into account no violence was used, it had been consentual and he had no relevant convictions.

He also considered Davies’s own emotional and mental health difficulties but there were a also number of aggravating features, the judge said.

“There was clearly an element of grooming. You were providing her with alcohol and cannabis during your association with her.”

Judge Hughes said a custodial sentence was needed to protect young girls from such conduct.

Wyn Lloyd Jones, prosecuting, said the girl liked Davies and admitted to have flirted with him. They chatted on Facebook and they arranged to meet up.

After three sexual encounters Davies stopped communicating with the girl on Facebook and she told how she felt rejected, ashamed and used.

Last year the girl’s mother discovered some of the earlier Facebook communications between the pair and the police were informed.

Arrested and interviewed, he said he was not attracted to her, had not had sex and said he believed she was 15.

But when the Facebook messages were put to him, which clearly showed he knew her age, he said she had been chasing him, she had wanted sex with him and he agreed.

But when he thought of the implications, he changed his mind and decided to “let her down gently”.

Phillip Tully, defending, suggested a community penalty. A sex offender programme would challenge his behaviour and would protect the public by preventing a repetition.

He stressed the girl had not been drugged or given alcohol. Davies had not targeted her. They met, they corresponded on Facebook and then exchanged texts and it ended up with them having sex.

He knew his behaviour was completely unacceptable.

After the sentence was announced investigating officer DC Jane Bowyer-Jones, said it was important to send out a strong message that North Wales Police and the courts would not tolerate offences of this nature.

DC Bowyer-Jones also praised the victim who had the courage and resolve to stand up to her perpetrator.

“It is important to reassure all sections of the community that North Wales Police will provide the appropriate specialist support to assist victims through every stage of the process,” she said.

“North Wales Police takes matters of this nature very seriously and will vigorously pursue offenders and bring them to justice.”

For more news from across the region visit newsnorthwales.co.uk

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